We are proud to announce the launch of the ‘Tex4IM – Textile Clusters for Industrial Modernization’ Project, financed through “COSME PROGRAMME”, that aims at generating a long-term partnership for boosting industrial competitiveness and investment in European Textile and Clothing sector.

The partnership brings together the main European textile-based clusters in countries/regions where the textile and clothing industry represents a significant share of the national/regional economy, to enhance innovation capacities, business models, knowledge and skill levels and other key competitive factors. This will be possible thanks to the direct involvement in the action plan of the project of the main R&D centers, business networks, science parks connected to the partnered clusters in Textile and Clothing regions represented by TEX4IM. The project began its implementation on 1 October 2018, with a duration of 24 months.

The consortium consists of eight European organizations, representing the main textile regions of Europe:

  • Next Technology Tecnotessile S.R.L. – Tuscany, Italy (Project Coordinator)
  • Astrico Nord-Est – North-East Romania
  • Association de Empresarios Textiles de la Region Valenciana – Valencia, Spain
  • Centro Tecnologico das Industrias Textile do Vestuario de Portugal – Norte Portugal
  • Clutex – Klastr Technicke Textilie – Severovýcho d Region, Czech Republic
  • PO.IN.TEX (Cita Studi SPA) – Piemont, Italy
  • Smart Textiles – Vastsverige Region, Sweden
  • Association Up-Tex – Nord – Pas-de-Calais, France

‘Tex4IM’ project was officially launched on 22 November in Brussels where all partners met to discuss the first strategic steps that need to be made in order to achieve the expected results at the end of the project. Indeed, the partnership will define a joint strategy for Textile and Clothing industrial modernization and long-term cooperation, that include a permanent incubation and acceleration system for the generation of joint investment projects in Textile and Clothing sector.

In the first phase, the new system will generate a portfolio of a minimum 24 business opportunities, with 10 business plans developed and funding sources identified for the best 5. After this phase, in the longer term, 3 investment projects per year, for a period of 5 years after the end date will be ensured by the partnership. Also, an intelligence action will be put in place to allow textile and clothing companies to grab new opportunities, and actively take part to the 2 international and interregional matchmaking events that will take place in 2019 and 2020 in Sweden and Portugal respectively, including B2B and C2C sessions each.

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